Aurora High School’s class of 1963 conducted its 50th year reunion the weekend of Oct. 11-13, and participated in various activities.
The planning committee consisted of Aurorans Bill Coster, Bob Harris and Bob Tuttle, Jim Doubrava of Gates Mills and Linda Crowder Kolanoski of Ravenna.
The reunion started Oct. 11 with tours of Craddock School, the village’s only school at the time the class of 1963 graduated, and the present high school on West Pioneer Trail. Superintendent Russ Bennett led both tours.
The class of 1963 was the first one to go through 12 grades in what now is known as  Craddock.
That night, members attended the Aurora-Wickliffe football game and were introduced to the fans between the third and fourth quarters. The class met for lunch the following day at Mad Jack’s.
After the Saturday dinner at Mario’s, Tuttle and Doubrava presented Harris with a certificate designating him as an honorary member of the AHS class of 1963.
Although a member of the planning committee, Harris transferred from AHS after his sophomore year and never graduated from the school. The certificate was signed by Bennett and AHS Principal Michael Roberto.
On Sunday, the class joined together for a farewell brunch at Bob Evans restaurant in Bainbridge Township. Out of a class of 49 graduates, 28 attended the reunion, 25 of whom were graduates.
Considering that seven graduates have passed away, nearly 60 percent of surviving graduates attended the reunion, and that figure does not include class members who didn’t graduate from Aurora High.
Class members attending the reunion traveled from eight states  in addition to Ohio, including Alaska, California, Nevada and Florida. Sara Washburn Stoops traveled the farthest — from Anchorage, Alaska — a roundtrip of nearly 8,000 miles. Dave Baylor drove from Colorado (2,600 miles round trip).
Overall, the distance traveled by out-of-state classmates totaled nearly 30,000 miles.
The reunion committee is publishing a 50th reunion yearbook, which will be distributed free to classmates in November. The class plans to create a Facebook page to facilitate communication among members between future reunions.

The best sauce starts with garden fresh tomatoes, and in Italian American homes August and September are the celebrated months for canning the tender, succulent fruit we lovingly recognize as a vegetable.
The tomato supplies the savory flavor in countless of Italian main dishes; whereas most other fruit is used in sweet deserts. Italy has a wide variety of provincial culinary delights using the unassuming little fruit.
The Aurora Cooks! group explored different recipes of regional Italian cuisine at its Sept. 24 meeting. Needless to say the Aurora Memorial Library smelled delizioso. The herby aromas infused the entire library — from the gallery where the group me to the library proper. Each participant had a different area to investigate.
Dee Steiz focused on Abruzzi, an area known for seafood and fresh produce. She made stuffed vegetables, including white eggplant that looked unusual, but tasted mild and meaty.
Rose Guth made a Rome-inspired homegrown tomato salad with fresh mozzarella.
Tracie Quiggle’s regional dish was from Basilicata. She made orchiette alla potentina, which is small cupped pasta with a tomato based sauce and meatballs mixed with smoked mozzarella cheese.  
The Aurora Cooks! welcomed a new member to the group — Karen Piwonka — who focused on Umbria. She brought squash soup with escarole and farro. The dish was coupled with flat bread with sage and onion. Farro is and Italian grain similar to barley.
Annette Katona gave the women a twist on an old favorite — crispy lasagna pizza. The dough is replaced with single layer of lasagna noodles.
The next Aurora Cooks! meeting is Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gallery at Aurora Memorial Library. The group is spotlighting recipes from cozy culinary murder mysteries. For more information, call the library at 330-562-6502.

A number of couples who are members of parishes in the Youngstown Catholic Diocese were honored Oct. 20 for their long marriages at a Mass at the Basillica of St. John the Baptist in Canton.
From Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora were Danny W. and Patricia M. Elswick, who were honored for 40 years of marriage. the anniversary celebrated included renewal lf marriage vows and a personalized certificate.

An island theme reverse raffle, sponsored by the Portage County Republican Women’s Club, will take place Nov. 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora.
Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a $2,500 main board, dinner/drinks, a cash bar, 50/50 raffle, entertainment and an auction. The cost is $50 per ticket.
For tickets, send name, address, phone number and occupation, (for campaign finance report) and the number of tickets needed and indicate whether the tickets will be picked up or mailed out.
Checks should be made payable to the Portage County Republican Women’s Club, 462-8 Deer Path, Aurora 44202. No corporate checks are allowed.
For more information or tickets, contact Sharon Ahola at 330-285-0015 or shar-h@hotmail.com or Susan Merrill at 330-569-7171 or shmerrill@hotmail.com.

The Rotary Club of Aurora’s Crepes and Wine Tasting Spectacular will be Nov. 3 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Doogan’s of Aurora in Barrington Town Square.
Crepes, mime, French music and origami will be featured, along with wine and a crepes demonstration.
Cost is $35 for adults and $30 for thoise under age 21. For more details and to order tickets, call 330-569-4912.